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ROME (Reuters) - Ten women died in a boat packed with migrants off the coast of Libya on Thursday and hundreds of other people were rescued in two separate operations, Italy's coast guard said.

The women were found dead in a rubber boat that had taken on water, a spokesman said. A coast guard ship rescued 107 people from the same boat. The same ship later rescued all 116 migrants aboard another rubber boat in distress in the same area, the coast guard added.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella)

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